I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.
~ from ‘City of Dots’, Winning Primary Poem 2017
Mim, Year 4, Bundanoon Public School, NSW
Poetry Object 2018 Winning & Highly Commended
We’re delighted to announce the prize-winning poems of Poetry Object 2018. Students and teachers from all over Australia and New Zealand generously shared 2,526 poems about their special objects across classrooms, cultures and languages.
Celebrated poet Bella Li has judged the competition and curated the list of first place and highly commended poems, while Regional Express (REX) Airlines supplied a prize category for poets writing from regional and rural locations.
Winning poems for Poetry Object 2018 have been published in a digital exhibition over the 2018-19 summer holidays.
Participating cinemas (27 December 2018 – 10 January 2019)
Event Cinemas George Street (NSW), Hoyts Bankstown (NSW), Reading Cinemas Dubbo (NSW) Hoyts Northland (VIC), Hoyts Chadstone (VIC), Toowoomba BC&C (QLD) and Darwin Casuarina BC&C (NT).
About Red Room Poetry Object
Cartwheeling into its eighth year, Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. In 2018, hundreds of schools joined us for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes.
- Download the Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resource and our full range of learning resources and supplementary materials
- Explore past winners and shortlisted poems, or browse our digital library of all submitted poems from past years
- Read commissioned poems from 2018 and previous years of Poetry Object!
- Pre-register for 2019 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes & Judging
Certificates of achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and poetry packs, valued at over $10,000. View the full list of exciting prizes
The installation category invites you to create a poetic gallery or exhibition inspired by your group's work! Use fine arts, the sciences, or music to bring your poems to the physical realm.
Here are some of our favourite installations from past years: Trails and Tales by Rosebery Middle School, Poetry Object Kites by Mount St Thomas Public School, The Sole of a Poem by St Mary's Anglican Girls School and The Cabinet of Lost and Found by our commissioned professional poets.
Poemsशिवलिङ्ग (Shivling) , Inheritance , yeperenye notes , Rosary , Dolmetsch , Post-Extinction Banquet
Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resources
For Poetry Object 2018 we teamed up with the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Art Gallery of NSW and six poets from Australia and New Zealand to develop a dynamic new learning resource with creative and curriculum-aligned activities. View all Poetry Object resources
We delivered Poetry Object learning opportunities in 2018 in a range of locations. The workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in creative environments.
A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
Poetry Object is proudly supported by Oranges & Sardines Foundation.